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Finally picked up an FB Radom P35 :)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. bac1023

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    As the title says, I finally picked up a P35. Other than a couple USGI 1911s, all of my handguns are post WWII. However, there was no way my 9mm collection could be complete without one of these iconic pistols. They were built in Poland and used by both Poland and Germany during the war. It was designed in the early 1930's and adopted by the Polish army in 1935. When Germany occupied Poland, they ran the Radom factory and built the pistol for their own troops. I think that speaks volumes for just how good the design was. Either way, that's why some Radoms have German markings and some don't. Mine does not.

    The problem is that most of them have literally been through World War II and look that way. This model is very clean. I believe the finish is original. Its has some bluing wear and thinning, but not much. Other than a small chip here and there, the plastic grips are in exceptional condition. The P35 is widely considered one of the best pistols ever built and certainly one of the best pistols of WWII. As with most military firearms, it may not be overly refined, but its extremely solid. It shares the general appearance and some features as the 1911, but it also quite different in many ways. It also shares some design features with the Browning Hi Power, such as using a cam instead of a barrel link. However, the P35 is a single stack and has a grip safety.

    The Radom is equipped with a decocker. Its designed to be carried with the hammer down on a loaded chamber and you would need to cock the hammer before firing. Also, some earlier versions of this pistol have a take down lever (looks like a thumb safety) and a notch on the slide (in the serrated area). This whole concept was dropped in the later P35s. It is a military pistol after all and the take down lever and the machining of the notch in the frame was deemed unnecessary. It was faster and less expensive to manufacture them without it. As you can see, mine doesn't have it. I would have preferred a model with the lever, but it does look cleaner without it.

    As always, please enjoy the pics. Of course, your comments and thoughts are welcome. :)


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    Anyone here own one of these and shoot it on a regular basis?

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    Congrats bac. I remember reading about the Radom back in the 1980s how it was very reliable and tough. :thumbsup:
     
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    Congrats!!!

    These "I Finally Picked Up a...." threads are getting old!






    JUST KIDDING! You know we all wish we were YOU!!!

    Enjoy all of your new toys! We are all jealous.


    TGG

    ETA....


    I LOVE THE GRIP PANELS!!!:wow:
     
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    Thanks. They are in great shape for 65-70 year old plastic.

    On these pistols, the left grips was stamped "FB" and the right grip "VIS". :)
     
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    Nice!!! It's difficult to find one of those that clean.
     
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    Thanks and I agree.

    Most of the models I seen in the past were extremely rough.
     
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    the day you say you have new carpet because you wore it out using as a background...............now that will be a red letter day :)
     
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    That is the cleanest looking Radom I've seen. It like you have a time machine and you went back to 1938 and picked it up off the factory floor.

    My uncle bought( well won in a poker game ) a German captured Radom. But it looked like it was dragged behind a panzer for the whole war. It's grips were replaced By some weird plexiglass grips. But it was a good shooter.
     
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    I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was a collector and I got to shoot one and a Lahti, and Astra (I can't remember which variation) on the same day.

    The radom was the most 'comfortable" IMO but the Lahti wasn't bad either. the astra...well........
     
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    I don't think that I ever seen a better preserved, original VIS pistol.
    I've seen some super cool, modern, Polish made (by Radom) reproduction models, but not the original gun.
    Super cool find Brian. At least from my own perspective ;) Congratulations!
     
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    :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Thanks Nestor :wavey:
     
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    Bac, Where in the world do you find all these great pistols? On second thought don't tell me or you might have to kill me.:rofl: Congrat's on another fine weapon and keep those pic's coming.

    Doyle
     
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    :rofl:

    Thanks

    Its been a great year for me. :)
     
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    Thanks.

    Its the cleanest I've ever seen in person, that's for sure. I see them at gun shows, but, again, they're usually pretty beat.
     
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    As most do...
     
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    I have always wanted one. I often hear collectors say this is the best shooting gun in their collections. A local dealer near me has two in stock. Both in very very rough shape. One has German markings on it. Like others have mentioned, that is the best looking Vis I have seen. Congrats!
     
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    Thanks.

    They are hard to find in fairly clean shape.
     
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    bac,

    Once again, it's a pleasure to see your new treasures. They're always in excellent shape! The historical summaries are my favorites, too.

    Congrats once again!